Greater Flint Arts Council begins its 50th anniversary celebration

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FLINT (WJRT) (10/10/17)-- It's an organization known for giving Mid-Michigan artists gallery space and a stage to shine on. This week, the Greater Flint Arts Council begins it's 50th anniversary celebration.

"I've been here 25 of those 50 and the time has just zoomed by, and it's really great in what we've been able to accomplish," said Arts Council President and CEO Greg Fiedler.

In the coming months, the Arts council will hold several special events in it's downtown headquarters on Saginaw Street, and it all begins Thursday.

"Part of that is the Quilt Festival. This is the 22nd annual Flint Festival of Quilts. We've got internationally known headliners coming in. There'll be lectures, workshops, and there will even be a musical concert on Saturday night," said Fiedler.

Friday night's Art Walk will help mark the occasion as well.

"We'll have our usual spread of food and beverages and awesome live music in the front of the gallery," said Fiedler.

As for the future, coinciding with its anniversary, the council has launched it's own radio station.

"After about 20 years of trying to get a frequency, the FCC gave us a frequency, 102.1 FM. We're on the air 24-7 and we have some good music programs playing. The programming will grow as the year progresses," said Fiedler.

To make that happen, Fiedler says he has some fundraising to take care of.

"We have to staff the radio station, we're lucky enough to be able to purchase a parking lot right behind our building downtown. All of these things have to be paid for."

With an eye toward the next 50 years, the Greater Flint Arts Council hopes to grow and offer more opportunities for artists, along with more special events.

"We hope to progress along with the progression of downtown and just be at a position to serve the community as best we know how," said Fiedler.

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